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  • Miami Security Officers to Kent Security: Stop Cheating Workers and Taxpayers

    A group of private security officers in Miami could receive more than $100,000 in unlawfully withheld pay after filing a complaint against one of the city's contracted security companies. The officers say that they were being paid below the minimum wage set by the Miami Living Wage Ordinance for at least two years while working under a taxpayer funded contract. That means taxpayer money went to the company--not the community.

     
  • Pittsburgh Security Officers Seek Higher Training Standards

    Security officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have been working to raise standards and improve their jobs, highlighting the need for better training in the private security industry. In a recent letter of support published in the Pittsburgh Business Times, SEIU 32BJ's Gabe Morgan explains why it's time for security officers to get the training and job improvements they need in order to keep Pittsburgh safe.

     
  • Denver Security Officer Speaks Out For Better Jobs at Citywide Rally

    Denver Security Officer Speaks Out For Better Jobs at Citywide Rally

    In Denver, Colorado, labor unions, activists and community members came together this week to rally in support of workers' rights and to protest the ongoing political attacks against working families. Security officer Mauricio Cacino was among several community members who took the stage to speak out for better jobs in Denver.

     
  • How the Freedom to Form Unions is Transforming the Security Industry, Strengthening the Middle Class and Creating Good Jobs

    As the middle class struggles through the ongoing recession to provide for their families, workers' rights guarantee that employees have a voice on the job, get paid livable wages, and work under fair conditions. The 35,000 security officers who have formed unions with SEIU are a strong example of how workers exercising collective bargaining rights can bring major improvements to a fast-growing industry.

     
  • Exposed to blood-borne pathogens! Investigate Universal Protection Service

    Exposed to blood-borne pathogens! Investigate Universal Protection Service

    Exposed to blood-borne pathogens! Investigate Universal Protection Service To: North County Transit District Board Launch an urgent investigation into reports that your transit security officers are exposed to blood born pathogens without training or hepatitis B vaccinations. Choose a responsible […]

     
  • Stephen Murray: “We need to educate people and let them know they have a voice.”

    Stephen Murray: “We need to educate people and let them know they have a voice.”

    Stephen Murray is interested in making sure the economy works for hard-working people, and he's starting where he lives and works in Houston, Texas. Stephen works as a security officer at the Criminal Justice Center and Wilson Building, monitoring the front entrances and directing people who come into the buildings. Read his story and learn why he is working with his coworkers toward better training, wages and healthcare in the security industry.

     
  • Joshua Rojas: “It’s a day-by-day existence and forming a union can change that.”

    Joshua Rojas: “It’s a day-by-day existence and forming a union can change that.”

    Joshua Rojas works the overnight shift at the Harris County Probation Office in Houston, Texas as a security officer. His role is vital -- he monitors the front entrance, watching everyone who enters and leaves the building, including prisoners who are turning themselves in. In spite of the important role Joshua plays in keeping Houston safe, he is currently paid less $17,000 a year by his employer. On a salary barely above the poverty level for a family of two, Joshua supports himself and his ill mother.

     
  • Sharon Robertson: “We need to care for one another.”

    Sharon Robertson: “We need to care for one another.”

    Sharon Robertson is a full-time security officer at the Metro Rail Operation Center. Her job is to keep Houston safe. She has responded to emergency situations, and she knows that a few minutes can be the difference between life and death. Read Sharon's story to hear why she is working toward a better security industry.

     
  • Janet Brown: “I’m organizing with my co-workers to bring respect and accountability to my job.”

    Janet Brown: “I’m organizing with my co-workers to bring respect and accountability to my job.”

    Janet Brown works as a security officer at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Despite working for the same private security company for the past 8 years, she has only received a 2 dollar increase in her wages, while experiencing a lack of respect from management. Read her personal story and learn why she is working to improve standards in the security industry for her family and her community.

     
  • Mike Delgado: “They need to respect us, and they won’t unless we stand together.”

    Mike Delgado: “They need to respect us, and they won’t unless we stand together.”

    Mike Delgado is a security officer in the Silicon Valley area. Read Mike's personal story and hear why he's working towards improving his job in the security industry, including the need for better equipment to keep officers and the public safe and affordable quality healthcare.